"Batman" is coming home.
Kurt Pellegrino (via his Twitter) announced today that he will be taking on Gleison Tibau when the UFC returns to his home state of New Jersey for UFC 128 at the Prudential Center on March 19 in Newark.
The last time the world's largest fight promotion brought its stable of stars to "The Shore" was for UFC 111 and sure enough, Pellegrino was on the card. He was able to drive his win streak to four with a "Submission of the Night" winning rear naked choke against Fabricio Camoes.
Unfortunately, he couldn't match the jiu-jitsu game of George Sotiropoulos and dropped a unanimous decision to the Aussie a few months later.
He'll get to head back to the friendly confines of the Prudential Center to test his skills against yet another Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.
Gleison Tibau is a longtime veteran of the UFC, who's had a bit of a roller coaster of a career. Originally a 170-pounder, the Brazilian has found a way to cut the necessary weight to make the UFC's shark tank 155-pound division.
Both Tibau and Pellegrino will be looking to avoid a losing streak that, with decreased leeway being given now that the size of the roster has expanded, especially at lightweight, may cost them their jobs.
Sounds like a recipe for war.
UFC 128 has yet to be announced by the promotion but is tentatively scheduled for March 19 of next year (2011) and is reportedly set to feature a long-awaited main event of Light-Heavyweight Champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua defending his strap for the first time when he takes on wrestling standout Rashad Evans.
Keep it locked to MMAmania.com for more on this still developing fight card.